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31 Mar, 2023
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The patents reveal that existing Apple devices can track every muscle movement and location in a room.

One of the patents describes how a headset and another electronic device could determine all the different stages of a person standing up from a seated position. The latest patents from Apple center around tracking a user's whole body, offering various concepts for detecting a body's every position and movement, all through existing Apple products.

One of the patents explains how users could wear a "headset" alongside another device to track posture, detecting whether they're sitting or standing and transitioning between the two. The sensors could also detect if a user is in a vehicle and alert them to incoming obstacles. The second patent describes detecting all body movements using practically all wearable devices, including smartwatches and ear devices, and could even create a full body 2D skeletal model.

Apple's patents make specific mention of tracking a user's head position relative to the rest of their body, which could feed into the sound positioning software in Apple's Spatial Audio applications. For example, when a user is wearing a headset while sitting at a table, then stands up to walk away, the system should automatically switch from its sitting and stationary mode to a walking mode.

While these patents offer exciting possibilities for future Apple products, it is unclear when or if they will be integrated into any of Apple's existing devices or released as new products.